Review: Starbucks Fruitcake Frappuccino

Chris and I usually get our caffeine fix at home with our Ninja Coffee Bar, but occasionally we like to spice it up with something from Starbucks.

I almost never get frappuccinos, but once in a while Starbucks offers flavors that I just have to try. My little sister Claudia is 15, and I have learned from her that it’s all the rage to order crazy flavors and secret-menu frapps. Time to channel my inner 15 year old!

This weekend only, Starbucks is offering a Fruitcake Frappuccino. From their website:

We start with a rich, Hazelnut Frappuccino® base, blend it with dried fruit, cinnamon, milk and ice, then finish it with whipped cream, caramel dots and a matcha sprinkle for an updated take on a holiday tradition.

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Visually, it’s very appealing. It has great colors from the fruit speckled throughout and the matcha on top. It tastes pretty good too, and I think it’s a good attempt at translating fruitcake from food to drink. The matcha doesn’t contribute much flavor, it’s basically just for looks. There are a lot of fruit pieces, and they got stuck in the straw a lot – kind of annoying after a while.

Since this is a creme-based frappuccino, it doesn’t contain caffeine. I ordered a doppio espresso on the side (con panna, so good). In the past, I have added espresso to creme-based frappuccinos, but I don’t think that would taste very good with this one (s’mores on the other hand? delicious!).

I would recommend the Fruitcake Frappuccino to anyone who likes to try odd combinations or new flavors. If that’s not you, then I’d suggest ordering your standard Skinny Caramel Macchiato.



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